Consecrated Life

posted Sep 8, 2011, 8:01 AM by St. Joseph Cheyenne   [ updated Sep 8, 2011, 8:09 AM ]
Consecrated life is an extension of our Baptismal commitment and can be lived in a number of different 
ways, each distinct from the other forms but all including adherence to one or more of the evangelical counsels. Consecrated life can be lived either in community or individually, depending on the form. God calls some women and men to live their consecration as members of religious congregations. Each type of consecrated life has its own founding charism, or spirit, and its own rule and constitutions or plan of life approved by the Pope if a pontifical order or by the Bishop if within a diocese. Consecrated Life includes Men's and Women's Congregations, Religious Institutes and Societies for Apostolic Life, and Secular Institutes. A woman who enters consecrated life chooses to deepen her baptismal commitment by taking vows which emphasize the values of prayer, loving service, and simple living in community with others. Consecrated women serve the Church and community in many ways, including: youth ministry, homeless and hungry, battered women, education, healthcare, family life and parish pastoral ministry. Some Sisters are totally dedicated to the contemplative life. A religious priest or brother commits himself to Christ and the Christian community by the Evangelical Counsels, or vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. This consecrated life is expressed in various forms: Eremitic Life, Religious Life, Secular Institutes, and Societies of Apostolic Life. –